Get graphical "choose your OS" screen in dual-booting pc

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Get graphical "choose your OS" screen in dual-booting pc

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Hello,
We plan on installing Linux Mint on a completely non-techie's laptop. The laptop currently has Windows 7. We would like to keep Windows 7 untouched, but install Mint beside it.

We would like the person to be greeted with a very user-friendly and graphical OS-picker screen. See attached screenshot. Is this possible?
MyidealOS-chooserscreenfornon-techieperson.png

I wouldn't want the non-techie person to have to see what I see, which is the Grub menu with a bunch of technical choices:
sda1, Linux Mint loader v3.35.56
sda2, Linux Mint loader v3.34.58
sda3, Windows 7, bootsafe 35x3.exx
sda4, Windows 7, safemode 35.6.35393
sda6, Windows 7, recpart 3933
{i've just made up a bit of the text].
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Re: Get graphical "choose your OS" screen in dual-booting pc

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wayne128, thanks for your so-helpful post! never knew such a thing existed. how easy is it to install that on the brand-new linux mint?
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Re: Get graphical "choose your OS" screen in dual-booting pc

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This might help:

https://launchpad.net/grub-customizer

It can be used to cut down on the options and change the selection order.
TRUST BUT VERIFY any advice from anybody, including me. Mint/Ubuntu user since 10.04 LTS. LM20 64 bit XFCE (Dell 1520). Dual booting LM20 XFCE / Win7 (Lenovo desktop and Acer netbook).
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Re: Get graphical "choose your OS" screen in dual-booting pc

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BURG might work on a BIOS-based computer. On a UEFI-based PC or an EFI-based Mac, you'd want rEFIt or its recent fork/update, rEFInd. Most PC manufacturers began switching from BIOS to UEFI in 2011, although there were some UEFI-based PCs well before then. Another twist is that most (AFAIK all) UEFI-based PCs actually support BIOS-style booting, so depending on how things are set up now, you might be using BIOS mode even on a PC that can handle UEFI. See this page to learn how to tell which boot mode you're using now.
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